Use of spyware by the RCMP will be examined by a parliamentary committee

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RCMP use of spyware to be reviewed by parliamentary committee

Parliamentary committee to examine RCMP use of spyware to secretly and remotely obtain data.

Parliamentary committee to hold hearings into use of spyware by the RCMP and the risks to the privacy rights of Canadians.

The House of Commons Privacy Committee voted on Tuesday to determine which privacy tools #x27;investigate the devices the RCMP is using and request a list of court warrants obtained for the deployment of such software.

The committee was called to meet after the RCMP submitted a document to the House of Commons describing its use of tools that covertly and remotely obtain data from devices like phones and computers .

The motion calls witnesses, including Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, current and former Privacy Commissioners, and RCMP officers who supervised the use of spyware.

René Villemure, a Bloc Québécois MP who introduced the motion, says the operational use of such software by the RCMP is of concern, and that it is necessary to speak with those directly responsible to ensure accountability and protection of privacy.

The motion indicates that the hearings, which must begin no later than August 8, will span two days s.

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